I don’t know about anyone else, but I can’t think of anything better than a nice, refreshing adult beverage on a scorching summer day. I’m not very creative when it comes to creating cocktails, but I can sure follow a recipe. So bless the internet for posting their delicious concoctions. What I do know for sure, is when in doubt, use a San Pellegrino flavored drink with alcohol and you are good to go. After the grand Rosé Margarita disaster of this 4th of July, I went on the hunt for something else to try. Oh, and before anyone goes looking for a recipe, don’t even try it. It is not good and is a complete waste of rosé.
The key to a good summer cocktail are the flavors. Something light, refreshing, and a tropical flavor is a plus. I’ve seen tons of cocktails while looking around the internet, and these are the ones I can’t wait to try.
Polka dots are one of my favorite prints. There’s just something about them that is cute and fun. That seems like a weird statement coming from me, but it’s true. Of course, I would likely never stray from a black and white color combination. I mean why would I? It’s a true classic. But from time to time, like with decor or wrapping paper, I enjoy a gold, copper, or rose gold on white. That combination is just clean looking with a little hint of something extra to liven things up.
Shop: choker top, top, flowing shorts, denim shorts, umbrella, phone case, bandana, cardigan, dress, paper cups, flats, playsuit
I’m sorry for the surplus of summer themed posts lately. Although I’m not really sure what else I’d be writing about since it is, well, summer. I’ve shared my bucket list and now I thought I would share some other things on my radar. Products mostly to enhance the summer experience so think of it almost like a curated shop by yours truly.
- I love how this tee has the appearance of iron on letters making it feel slightly vintage. Madewell | $23
- A linen blouse paired with denim shorts and a cute sandal looks chic and relaxed with minimal effort. H&M | $30
- Slip on loafers are still all the rage, and these are on sale (currently) and budget friendly. Topshop | $24
- This top pulls double duty: adds a touch of bright color to an outfit and shows off the shoulders. Zara | $10
Summertime as an adult takes a lot more effort than it did when I was a kid. There’s so many more things that require attention as an adult. I can’t just wake up, eat some pancakes, watch MTV, and then hang out in the pool all day. Now if I’m lucky I might get a little vacation or staycation, but usually my time, like many, is spent working. But what about the weekend? Doing more fun adult things like laundry. Given it’s mid-July I feel like I haven’t made enough time for summer fun.
Enter my Summer Bucket List. I sat down and thought of a list of things I want to do or accomplish by Labor Day. Believe me making a bucket list is hard work. I couldn’t pick things that would be too hard to complete or things that were too boring (like organize my closet…again). So I tried to find a middle road of things that were only mildly nerdy or things I have never done before.
- Wear a bikini…with confidence – After losing about 50 lbs over the last couple years I still haven’t had the confidence to fully rock a bikini. So here’s to hoping I can find no shame in my almost-have-abs game.
- Take a mindfulness trip – No, not an altered state trip. A real trip where I am completely mindful and unplugged. Yes, living in the moment rather than snapping, instagramming, and giving people FOMO. A real two for one: unplugging for a digital detox and enjoying a new place.
- Spend an entire day with my best friend – Sure, I spend a lot of time with my best friend, Rachael, and it’s one of my favorite things to do. But I’m sure she’d spend an entire day of best friend adventures rather than sitting with me watching HGTV after having my wisdom teeth pulled. I know I sure would…
- Touch up on my French – I took French a couple of years ago in college, but got so frustrated by my professor I didn’t continue on. I know enough to watch French films and listen to French tunes, but no more than that.
- Enjoy a sunset from start to finish – I’m talking no phone and no photos. Just sitting still enjoying the nature and sounds of the city.
- Bake a pie – This might sound dumb, but truly the only pie I make is pumpkin for Thanksgiving. So I’d love to make a summer pie. Maybe a strawberry or peach?
- Read three books on the New York Times’ Best Seller’s list – Three books might be testing my ability to relax, sit and read. Not to mention my time limit of Labor Day. I checked out the list today, and there are quite a few good selections from what I can tell. The one’s that caught my fancy were: Devil in the White City, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck, and the Handmaid’s Tale.
More than half the year is over which has completely taken me by surprise. I can’t think of where the time has gone. It seems like just last week I was starting a new semester and contemplating having my wisdom teeth removed. Now its July. My semester went amazing, the wisdom teeth are freshly removed (yikes), and now we’ve reached the point of the year where everything begins to move faster than a snowball rolling down a mountainside. I must admit I’m hopeful for the rest of the year and I hope things begin to go a bit more my way, but I must remain cautiously optimistic about the whole thing.
At the end of every year I try to pick my favorite songs from the last 365 days. It’s always a challenge because it’s nearly impossible to recall all of the songs released towards the beginning of the year. So borrowing an idea from one of my favorite music bloggers and one of the mixtapes posted to the mixtape club I belong to, I decided to try something new: a playlist. The idea is simple: a running playlist updated occasionally with music I’m really into. The hope is that at the end of the year I have a pretty sweet collection of tunes that hold memories for myself of the year gone by, the songs that I will remember forever, and some new all time favorite songs.
If you’re interested, you can follow along with the playlist on my Spotify. Right now it’s currently filled with a lot of hidden indie gems, but I can guarantee it will spread out in the coming months to include a bunch of different stuff. Hopefully you’ll find something that tickles your fancy if you choose to give it a browse. If it’s not your thing, feel free to check out or submit a playlist to the Tweeter Mixtape Club on Tumblr. It’s a really cool mix of music lovers with a lot of diverse tastes.
Check out the Best Songs of 2017 on Spotify
It’s Friday and technically the weekend. Well at least as far as I’m concerned because I’ll be taking the weekend off to heal from some lame health stuff. Rather than leave this blog lacking updates I thought I would do something I’ve done on previous blogs that was pretty well received: Links I Love. Basically, Links I Love, is just that. Links of things you should read, know about, listen to, etc for the weekend ahead. Little slices of the web that peak my interest I want to share with you.
I’m hoping to have regular content up and running again on Monday but until then enjoy some interesting internet stuff.
Featured Image Credit